Aer Lingus is a unique asset - and we should not take a decision to sell it lightly
Published 27/05/2015 | 02:30
For almost 80 years, the green Shamrock of Aer Lingus has been a source of Irish pride and a key enabler of "brand Ireland."
Since 1936, when its first flimsy De Havilland Rapide took to the skies from what is now Dublin Airport, the airline has been an instantly internationally recognisable symbol of a nation, which at the time was isolated -economically, and politically - for the duration of World War Two and for years afterwards.
How do you put a price on such an asset?